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Old 05-02-2009, 11:33 AM   #1
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Porter Cable Compact Belt Sander


howdy, im looking to pick up a belt sander, currently looking at the compact 2 1/2 x 14 porter cable jobby, local woodworking supply has it marked down to 105 from $149. has anyone used this sander. wondering how well it handles and if it lives up to the older porter cable standard as opposed to the latest black and decker colored to look like porter cable line up im seeing more of now
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It is a pretty good sander and seems to have enough power for my needs. Which is mostly sanding 3/4" thick or less for cabinet scribes. The only problem I have is that the belt gets clogged pretty quickly when I sand MDF, so I constantly have to clean it. It probably works better with a dust collector, but I have not used it that way.

This sander works great for sanding things to fit around bullnose corner bead. The front of the sander is almost the same profile as the bullnose, making it easy to make a tight fit.

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I borrowed one, and it makes you
want to find something else to scribe!
I will own one soon, if they were
marked down to $100 I'd have one now.
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They are a good tool. They came out before BD bought them out
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great little sander.
I got mine at Lowe's for $99
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Hands Down the worst Belt Sander I have ever used. Went thru 3 of them in 1 month. They get hot quickly, the belts costantly slip, and they are really only good for moderate use. I would aviod them and just stick to the bigger sanders... ie -- http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-1274DVS-...1300237&sr=8-1

I have now used this for 2 months and it has been absolutely great for even heavy duty use.

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Hands Down the worst Belt Sander I have ever used. Went thru 3 of them in 1 month. They get hot quickly, the belts costantly slip, and they are really only good for moderate use. I would aviod them and just stick to the bigger sanders... ie -- http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-1274DVS-...1300237&sr=8-1

I have now used this for 2 months and it has been absolutely great for even heavy duty use.

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What do you use them for?
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What do you use them for?

My thought exactly.

I have a heavy 6x24 sander that works just fine for most things but I've been considering picking up the little PC for light duty, especially sanding overhead.
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It's not meant to replace a full size belt sander. It's perfect for cleaning up a scribe or breaking sharp edges...
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i have a interior door retro fit to do, switching to french doors,

one jamb has a difference of 3/4 " goes from 32 at the top down to just under 31 1/4 , the other door opening just requires cutting 1/2 off the bottom

i usually do my scribes with a circ saw first then hit it with my hand smoothplane but i want something a bit quicker. i dont own a belt sander yet. and when i need one when working for someone else the gc's either cant remember where they left it or wont buy belts for it.

the other model im looking at is the 3" x 18 ridgid at hd for 129
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I have retired my big Bosch belt sander since I got this.
Way easier to scribe and no mess. It eats finish off faster than anything I have used.
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I have retired my big Bosch belt sander since I got this.
Way easier to scribe and no mess. It eats finish off faster than anything I have used.
I'm shocked,
shocked I say!
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That sander really did replace my belt sander. That thing is more like a grinder in nature. Took 8 layers of finish off my window casings all the way around, in about 10 minutes. 30"x72" windows.

This barley cost more than that big Bosch.

Neo- I have heard mixed reviews of that little belt sander.
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I strictly bought this belt sander to use for arch way sanding ( mdf ), cabinet scribes/fillers and sanding railing posts( built of mdf ). to me this is light duty, and i found this sander to be off very poor performance. My idea with the purchase was for it to be lite, and for small work, but i guess that did,nt workout to my favour. I really liked the one hand manueverability of this sander but hey, whats a little more arthritis. LOL.....
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We've got a few of them and haven't had any problems. Great for what we want them for, which is scribing counter tops and light work.

Locally Tool King carries them for under $90, bought the 1st one at least more than a year ago.

Is this what you are talking about?

http://www.toolking.com/porter-cable_4200136.aspx
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I have one & I think it's great for little stuff
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cool, well sounds like its a taker. only thing i might try and do is get the hd to price match the woodwork supplys sale price, so $95
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I have retired my big Bosch belt sander since I got this.
Way easier to scribe and no mess. It eats finish off faster than anything I have used.


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